Hyundai’s first dedicated battery-electric vehicle has finally arrived. The 2022 Ioniq 5 carries over nearly unchanged from the 45 Concept it’s based on complete with pixel-like LED headlights and taillights, flushed door handles that automatically pop out, and geometric alloy wheels up to 20 inches in size. Certain versions will also get a solar panel roof to reduce battery discharge.
Underpinned by Hyundai’s new E-GMP platform, which is built specifically for EVs, the Ioniq 5 is 182.4 inches long, 63.1 inches tall, and 74.4 inches wide. The crossover’s 118.1-inch wheelbase is longer than Hyundai’s Palisade and the Genesis GV80 by 3.9 and 1.8 inches respectively. The result is a vehicle similarly sized to a Tucson but with the interior of a much larger model.
Thanks to the new EV-specific platform, you get a flat floor inside, allowing for trick new features like the sliding center console. Since there’s no internal combustion engine, the Ioniq 5 also gets a frunk in addition to its rear cargo area. Hyundai also used eco-friendly and recycled materials extensively throughout the interior. Some surfaces, for instance, use plant-based yarn and wool, recycled plastics, and sustainably produced leather.
The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 will be available with two battery sizes and single- or dual-motor configurations. At 58-kWh, the smaller of two battery options is slightly smaller than Hyundai’s own Kona Electric. However, the bigger unit will come in two flavors: 72.6 kWh for global markets or 77.4 kWh for North America. With 214 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, the single-motor model can sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.4 seconds with the smaller battery or 7.4 seconds with the larger one.
Ioniq 5 models with the dual-motor setup are much quicker, hitting 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.2 seconds with the big battery and 6.1 seconds with the standard one. The total output for dual-motor models is 301 hp and 446 lb-ft. Hyundai estimates the single-motor Ioniq 5 with the large battery can travel up to 470 to 480 km in the WLTP cycle, which is roughly 292 to 298 miles. Expect the EPA ratings to be lower considering its more conservative testing cycle.
On the tech front, all 2022 Ioniq 5 models will get Hyundai’s latest infotainment system. Some versions will get a dual-screen layout featuring two 12.0-inch displays, a new profile feature, an enhanced voice command system that understands more commands, and a head-up display with augmented reality. The Blue Link connected services have been expanded to give owners a way to monitor the vehicle’s charging status, start/stop vehicle charging, and schedule preheating when it’s cold.
Hyundai’s latest driver assistance features will debut on the 2022 Ioniq 5, which expands the existing suite with more capabilities. Speed limit assist allows the vehicle to adjust to the posted speed limit. Highway driving assist 2, on the other hand, allows the car to assist the driver during lane changes. Forward collision warning, front automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and cyclist detection now work at junctions. Evasion assist has also been added to help the driver maneuver away from hazards.
The 2022 Ioniq 5 is the first of three vehicles in Hyundai’s all-electric Ioniq sub-brand. It will be followed by the Ioniq 6, a sedan, and the Ioniq 7, a large three-row crossover. Other global markets will get the Ioniq 5 first with the U.S. market version expected to go on sale in the latter half of 2021.